Forks, Wash., Near Hoh Rainforest at Olympic National Park

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A wooden carving of a logger sits outside of the Forks Visitor Center. Go inside to see a small Twilight museum. Next to the visitor center is a logger memorial and the Timber Museum. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

A wood carving of a logger sits outside of the Forks Visitor Center. Go inside to see a small Twilight museum. Next to the visitor center is a logger memorial and the Timber Museum. 

The small town of Forks, Wash., is a gateway to the Hoh Rain Forest (31 miles away), Rialto Beach (14 miles away) and Kalaloch Beach (34 miles away), although some visitors may know it from the Twilight book series written by Stephenie Meyer. A series of vampire-themed fantasy romance novels, Twilight features the life of teen Bella Swan who moves to Forks, Wash., and falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. Published between 2005-08, the books have led to Forever Twilight in Forks, an annual celebration in September honoring Stephenie Meyer and all things related to Twilight.

The treaty line near Forks, Wash. A fictional line between vampires and werewolves from the Twilight series of books and movies. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

The treaty line near Forks, Wash. A fictional line between vampires and werewolves from the Twilight series of books and movies. 

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Home to about 5,000 people, the Forks area is also home to the Forks Timber Museum that features pioneer exhibits, a fire lookout tower and a 9-foot-cook stove from a logging camp.

A 259-year-old sitka spruce log displayed in downtown Forks, Wash. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

A 259-year-old sitka spruce log displayed in downtown Forks, Wash. 

In the evening, join the tradition of watching the sunset at nearby Rialto Beach. Bring a picnic dinner to eat while lounging on the huge driftwood logs lining the beach.

Rialto Beach sunset.

Rialto Beach sunset.

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